United States National Museum Dept. of Biology Division of Birds 1897-1947 Search this
Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: 7.46w x 10.28h; Type of Image: Document; Medium: Paper
January 29, 1944
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Future Secretary S. Dillon Ripley, formerly assistant curator in the Division of Birds, U.S. National Museum, volunteered for service during World War II with the Office of Strategic Services, predecessor to the Central Intelligence Agency. Stationed in Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, he continued his ornithological passion with bird watching in his free time. Having traveled widely in the South Pacific before the war, he knew the geography, natural history and languages of the region.
See Neg. SIA2010-0571 for page 2.
Page 1 of a letter written by Herbert Friedmann, curator with the Division of Birds, United States National Museum, to S. Dillon Ripley with regard to him doing some collecting while on the island of Ceylon with the Office of Strategic Services, and about activities and personnel changes at the museum.
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 305, Box 899, Folder: 170221